Directions to the Middle Fork Forest Preserve, where our June 8th skywatch will be: Middle Fork Observing Area
The Milky Way’s New Spiral Arm
Early textbook drawings of our galaxy may show many spiral arms around a spherical nucleus. Then a bar was found in the galaxy’s center . .. then the number of arms went to four . . .then to two. It’s tough to see on the other side of the nucleus, though. But, as was reported at the recent American Astronomical Society meeting, using only a 4-foot dish on the roof of the Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, the 60,000 light year long tip of a spiral arm was found using Carbon Monoxide emission. As illustrated in the diagram (courtesy of Sky & Telescope), you can now see what the galaxy may look like . . .or the latest rendition anyway!
Thursdays at 7pm: June 13th, July 11th, August 8th, September 12th. For more information, see Events Calendar.
At our dome (For directions, click here): June 15th and July 13th: 9 to 11pm, August 17th: 8 to 10pm.
At the Middle Fork Forest Preserve: June 8th 8pm.
Check out the Night Sky Network website: http://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov
Click here for links to CUAS members' websites.
The Champaign Urbana Astronomical Society is devoted to the promotion of astronomy and enjoyment of the night skies.
The second largest planetarium in the state offers public programming on Friday and Saturday nights at Parkland College. Call 351-2446 for a current schedule or see www.parkland.edu/planetarium.